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Who We Are
We are a beacon of hope to those experiencing homelessness and poverty on the
Since 1966, Peninsula Rescue Mission has been serving the least, the last, and the lost. What has transpired since has been nothing short of miraculous in terms of the lives who have been helped, and the hearts who have received God’s love. We look forward expectantly to see this timeline continue for many more years!
The Union Gospel Mission of Norfolk pioneered a homeless shelter ministry in Newport News. Rev. Jim Lindley was God’s man to pioneer this work.
The ministry incorporated as the Peninsula Rescue Mission, with its own Board of Directors.
Camp Open Arms begins
The Rescue Mission occupied its new facility at 3700 Huntington Avenue. This building contains offices, chapel, foodservice, and residence capacity for 32 men.
Lindsay Poteat called
Rev. Lindley passed away as a result of a massive heart attack. Rev. Lindsay Poteat was called by the Board to carry on the work.
Alan DeFriese called
Mr. Alan DeFriese was called by the Board to become the Assistant Superintendent of the Mission.
The “Lindley Building”
Dedicated and occupied a new and additional facility at 314 37th St. in Newport News. The “Lindley Building” houses a clothing and food distribution center, and fifteen additional beds for men on our Overcomers Program.
Upon the semi-retirement of Lindsay Poteat (after 30 years of faithful service), the Board of Directors called Alan DeFriese to be the third Executive Superintendent of the Mission. John Twigg was called to be the Assistant Superintendent.
Next Big Step
3700 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607
6200 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605